Monday, June 15, 2009

Autorun Eater monitors and deletes suspicious autorun.inf files

Many viruses, malwares and other malicious programs execute themselves by way of autorun.inf files. These autorun files are present at the root of the drives and are used to automatically launch applications whenever these drives are accessed. Quite naturally the easiest way to spread, infect and re-infect a computer is to add the virus to the autorun.inf file.

On Instant Fundas we have covered how we could avoid catching viruses from infected USB drives by using programs such as USB Firewall and iKill that kills the autorun file before it could be executed. But these programs only monitor autorun.inf files on external USB drives. What about the autorun files that might be present on your hard drives? For that we have Autorun Eater.

autorun-eater

Autorun Eater is a free tool that automatically monitors and removes suspicious autorun.inf files found in the root of all drives from C to Z, even before you access the drive. Whenever it detects any suspicious strings in the file it flashes a warning window.

The user is then required to act – either delete the autorun file or ignore the warning if the program wanting to execute is legitimate. Remember that Autorun Eater is not an anti-virus application and cannot differentiate between the good and bad programs. That’s for the user to decide.

Autorun Eater can remove autorun.inf on external flash drives as well. The only drives Autorun Eater is non-functional are read only media drives like optical drives and floppy drives.

Apart for autorun protection, the program includes 3 registry fixing tools. Many times malwares will disable certain important functions like the Task Manager, Regedit and Folder Options. You can use the Registry fix tool to fix these 3 functions.

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